Fort Baker

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Fort Baker, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background

Photo courtesy of Michal Venera


An Historic Army Post

Fort Baker, the ninth and final "Post-to-Park" conversion in the Golden Gate National Parks, is a 335 acre former 1905 U.S. Army post located immediately north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This hidden gem of a site consists of over 25 historic army buildings clustered around a main parade ground, a sheltered harbor protected by a jetty, a number of historic gun emplacements, and trails and forested areas climbing gently up from San Francisco Bay.

Visit the Fort Baker history page to learn more about this significant army post.

Fort Baker's Park Partners

Fort Baker features a hands-on children's museum and learning center, the Bay Area Discovery Museum;a first-class lodge, Cavallo Point—the Lodge at the Golden Gate;an institution dedicated to dialog and action on global environmental issues, the Institute at the Golden Gate;as well as the U.S. Coast Guard Station Golden Gateand the Travis Sailing Center.



Driving Instructions to Fort Baker

From San Francisco

  • North on U.S. Highway 101, cross the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Exit at Alexander Avenue (second exit after crossing the bridge).
  • Stay to the right on the exit ramp and merge onto Alexander Avenue for ¼ mile.
  • Turn left on Bunker Road and follow signs to Fort Baker.

From the North Bay

  • South on U.S. Highway 101 to the "Last Sausalito Exit," just before the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Turn right at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp and pass under U.S Hwy 101 to a second stop sign.
  • Continue straight onto Alexander Avenue for ¼ mile.
  • Turn left on Bunker Road and follow signs to Fort Baker.


Please park along the waterfront at Horseshoe Cove or at the trailhead at Drown Road, located off of East Road.

By Bike

Many cyclists approach Fort Baker on Conzelman Road from the Golden Gate Bridge. There are relatively flat routes around Murray Circle and along the waterfront. A short but steep climb takes you to the access road to Sausalito.

Marin Headlands/Fort Baker Map which provides you with road and trails information.


Activities at Fort Baker

Walking and Hiking

  • There are easy walks along the waterfront and along the bluffs—all have spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.

  • Explore seacoast fortifications at Battery Yates on the eastern bluffs.

  • Hike Drown Road and the Chapel Steps Trail for a moderate 1 mile loop.

  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are walking your dog, Fort Baker has been designated an area for on-leash dog walking only. Dogs are not allowed on the Chapel Trail or on Fort Baker Pier. For more information on the park's pet policy, please visit our pet management page.

Wildlife and Plants Fort Baker is home to a variety of wildlife and plant species, including the endangered Mission Blue butterfly, and its host plant, the silver lupine. The shoreline and waters of Horseshoe Cove support a great variety of birds. Sea lions and harbor seals can often be seen from the shore or the fishing pier.

Fishing Fishing and crabbing off the pier at Horseshoe Cove are popular activities year-round. A fishing license is not required on the pier.

Kayak and Sailing Skilled kayakers and sailors can launch at the boat ramp in Horseshoe Cove. Sailing lessons and boat rentals are available at the small yacht harbor.

Scheduled Walks, Talks and Presentations The National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy schedule occasional programs at Fort Baker. To find out more, please visit the Parks Conservancy's online events calendar.

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Fort Baker Publications
Visit this page for Fort Baker maps, brochures and self-guided tours.

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Fort Baker Cell Phone Tour
This cell phone tour offers a 3-hour walking tour and a one-hour accessible tour. Learn about Fort Baker's history, its natural surroundings, its early people, the U.S. military and the role that the National Park Service and park partners now play in protecting the site.
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Fort Baker History Walk: Innovations in Army Post Life
Download this self-guided walking tour that leads you through the historic army post and learn how this post illustrates significant military changes in 1905.

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Fort Baker History Walk: Horseshoe Cove, A Historic Marina at Fort Baker
Download this self-guided tour which explores the historic and natural significance of Fort Baker's historic waterfront.

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Visiting Fort Baker
Find out more about visiting Fort Baker and learn what other opportunities are available through the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, partner of the GGNRA. More...


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